First, I'll say that that teenie thing was not even something to gripe about. That's because the food and wine and the service were all OUTSTANDING! There were six of us at the table and everyone was very happy with their dishes and some even insisted that I taste their choice because it was so good....and, after tasting, it was. My pasta entree (with lamb ragu) was one of the very best of this dish that I've ever had and it is a dish that I very frequently order when dining in Italian restaurants in the US and in Italy.
The atmosphere, here, is tasteful and even festive and the staff is very personable and does everything to please.
Okay, so the "teenie thing": I ordered a glass of moscato as a dessert wine, which was brought to me in a glass that had more in it that I am accustomed to. Well, it was cloyingly sweet and, from my experience, arguably...not even moscato. I suspected that it was on the wrong side of "turning bad" because it was so sweet and dark in color and didn't even have the true aroma of a moscato, and so I asked the waiter to see the bottle from which it was poured. He happily agreed and brough me an identical bottle from which it came. It was a single-portion-sized bottle of Berringer California Moscato. I had never tasted or seen anything like it before and I thought that Italy was the sole source of moscato. Obviously, to anyone who enjoys a real moscato, this is a sign that commercialism and reduced attention to quality is encroaching on us. It seems clear that the restaurant's intentions were noble and rather than keep an open bottle of rarely requested moscato in the fridge for the very occasional request for it, in which case it is bound to go wasted, the bartender chose to avail the restaurant of accepting Berringer's seemingly unique single-porion-bottle. So much for that idea! The waiters. I would add, were very nice about this and with smiles, immediately offered to simply take it off the bill.
NOTICE: This SHOULD NOT DISTRACT from the EXCELLENT REVIEW that this is intended to be. Berringer ought to be ashamed of itself and not make moscato for fun and profit...and I hope that this and every other Italian restaurant gives thumbs down to that nonsense.
Should you go to this fine Italian restaurant, you will have a great experience, I'm sure!
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